Best ZWave plug for the money? (US)

( by plug-in device, I assume you mean a pocket socket? An on/off module that plugs into an existing in wall receptacle? There are a lot of plug-in devices, including sensors, and sometimes people are just looking for a repeater, which is why I ask.)

Any electronic device might be defective, it happens. Monoprice is a budget brand, but I haven’t heard of a particularly higher failure rate with them.

As far as “best” different things work for different people, there are a lot of factors. The device class features FAQ discusses what some of the different features are and why some people might be willing to pay more for one model over another:

The most popular pocket socket in the community is probably the Lowe’s iris smart plug. Although the list price is right around $40, it’s often on sale for 10 or $15 less, and then you can use regular Lowe’s coupons to bring the price down even further.

In addition, it’s a zigbee on/off switch but it also includes a Z wave repeater, which is unusual but helpful. But I don’t know if that meets your requirements as it’s not technically a zwave pocket socket. It’s a zigbee pocket socket that also includes a zwave repeater.

As far as a zwave only pocket socket, there are a bunch of different good brands, it really depends on aesthetics and some of the additional features. The Zooz are worth looking at and I think they’re on sale today for cyber Monday.

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